The 10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Basel, Canton of Basel

May 18, 2022 Enriqueta Cusson

Located on the Rhine River near the borders of France and Germany, Basel contains the country's highest concentration of museums. The culture-centric city, site of the world's most influential art market each June, is also home to the lovely Munster Cathedral, made of red sandstone with a multi-colored tile roof. Green spaces abound, including the popular zoological gardens in the city center. Switzerland's largest site of Roman ruins, Augusta Raurica, are an easy day trip to the east.
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1. Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip in one Day Private Tour from Basel

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Travel on the worldwide known "Glacier-Express-Train" with your private tour guide, just you and your guide! Enjoy a round trip by train and spend four hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels and climb up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. Enjoy the travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains. According your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place (while transfer times to/from Glacier Express) Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.

Inclusions: All taxes, fees and handling charges, local tourguide operated by Swiss Travel Guide for your party only, Headphones on the train, Information booklet about the journey, Assigned seat on the Glacier Express Chur-Brig route, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions: Drinks, Lunch

Reviewed By NorfolkCats

We took this trip from Basel to experience the mountains of Switzerland, the Swiss alps and it was truly wonderful! Breathtaking and fun! Beautiful Engelberg and stunning Lucerne with lake and famous wooden bridge! A great day trip to experience Switzerland!

2. Mount Titlis Glacier Excursion Private Tour from Basel

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Spend a day at Mount Titlis with your private tourguide. Travel by train from Basel via Luzern within two hours to Engelberg. From there on, take the scenic gondola, which takes you up to Mount Titlis.  With your tourguide you discover the highest suspension bridge in Europe, the ice cave and enjoy the fantastic aerial view from the terraces to the glaciers surrounding.

Inclusions: all taxes, fees and handling charges, local tourguide operated by Swiss Travel Guide for your party only, all transportation fees, all entrance fees for the sights at Mount Titlis

Exclusions: food and drinks, personal expenses during the tour

Reviewed By Stewart M

This was our second ride on this train. decided to take a winter trip with all the snow as a backdrop with great views. Took the train from Tiefencastle to Brig via Chur. Take your camera for some great pictures. The carriages are very comfortable with plenty of space. You can walk to the restaurant car for a drink or receive table service.

3. Private trip from Zurich to Basel in Switzerland & Colmar in France

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Being greeted by the English speaking driver-guide at the lobby of your accommodation in Zurich City you will head to discover the Cultural Capital of Switzerland - Basel later to the charming town of Colmar in France. Basel boasts a wealth of cultural, historical, leisure, and enjoyment experiences. Upon arrival, you will stroll to the town hall, the Congress Hall Tinguely Fountain, Cathedral Hill, and the winding streets of the well-preserved old town. Afterwards, you may relax on the Rhine River while having a boat trip. Also, Basel is famous for its fine chocolates and sweets, thus, after tasting some specialities, we can proceed to Colmar in France. This small city is showcasing the lifestyle of the whole Alsace region. You will be amazed by half-timbered houses dating back to the 16th century namely Adolf and Pfister houses, as well as “Little Venice” is on the list of must-see while visiting Colmar. After an exciting day, private return to the initial meeting point in Zurich.

Inclusions: Private round-trip from Zurich, Hotel pick-up & drop-off, Expert driver-guide at your disposal, Bottled water, WiFi on board, Private transportation, Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions: Entry Fees or Boat Trip Fees, Lunch

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4. Mount Rigi with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

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The Rigi (or Mount Rigi; also known as Queen of the Mountains) is a mountain massif of the Alps, located in Central Switzerland. The whole massif is almost entirely surrounded by the water of three different lakes and a stunning view to the alps. The classic round tour from Lucerne starts with a boat ride on lake Lucerne, the coghwheel train to Rigi Kulm and the return travel via Arth-Goldau to Lucerne by train.

Inclusions: All taxes, fees and handling charges, local tourguide operated by Swiss Travel Guide for your party only, Private tour, all transportation fees for train, coghwheel railway and boat cruise

Exclusions: Food and drinks, personal expenses during the tour

Reviewed By Stewart M

This was our second ride on this train. decided to take a winter trip with all the snow as a backdrop with great views. Took the train from Tiefencastle to Brig via Chur. Take your camera for some great pictures. The carriages are very comfortable with plenty of space. You can walk to the restaurant car for a drink or receive table service.

5. Basel City Center Private Tour

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Spend a half day in Basel, known "as Switzerland's capital of cultutre, conference location and university city" with your private tourguide. Your walking tour will give you a complete overview of the spots of the city center. Your tourguide will show you the the "Kleinbasel" district, where you have a stunnting view to the Rhine river and the cathedral. Crossing the rhine river by ferry and walk along the old town buildings at "Grossbasel", narrow alleyways and hidden squares to the beautiful city hall. Get informations from a local guide about the life, the culture, museums and the history of this fantastic town.

Inclusions: all taxes, fees and handling charges, local guide operated by Swiss Travel Guide for your party only, all transportation fees for tram, bus and ferry (transfer between the points)

Exclusions: food and drinks, personal expenses during the tour

Reviewed By Stewart M

This was our second ride on this train. decided to take a winter trip with all the snow as a backdrop with great views. Took the train from Tiefencastle to Brig via Chur. Take your camera for some great pictures. The carriages are very comfortable with plenty of space. You can walk to the restaurant car for a drink or receive table service.

6. Basel: Self Guided Food Tour

Bäckerei KULT - Elsi, Elsässerstrasse 43, 4056 Basel, Switzerland Stadtführungen Basel Tourismus
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This food tour will take you to places that are a little bit different. The tour, which lasts around three hours, will take you away from the usual tourist attractions and give you the opportunity to get to know “iconic Basel” – and enjoy it slowly. You will visit four establishments in total. They all do things their own way. And are sure to win you over. Their concepts are different and this is precisely why locals love them. You’ll be surprised at the delicious foods awaiting you. It’s worth allowing enough time, and it wouldn’t hurt to skip breakfast either.

Inclusions: One meal or drink in every location.

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Reviewed By Kingsleyjamesflint

We arrived late and had to catch up with our guide, Roy Fisher, who was extremely gracious and spoke excellent English. He was very entertaining and interesting and gave us an unusual tour with a lot of intriguing information that you would not find in a guide book. A very worthwhile experience. Roy was carrying a big folder of photographs to complement and illustrate his stories. A very good way to feel that you understand the town and its history in an intimate way.

7. The Heritage of Basel with a Treat

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Stroll through the heart of Basel and long lasting heritage. Your guide will escort you inside the best this small city has to offer, such as the 500 year old Roothus (Town Hall) built from 1019 to 1700 holding some of the most distinct paintings.. Or even, the house where the art of pharmacology was founded and the famous Basler Münster with a breathtaking view of the Basel... This can only be continued by the city’s artistic side with the opera house and it’s musical fountain. Venez Discover, brings the best out of each place by meticulously crafting each tour exclusively while taking care of our environment. We aim to bring the love, passion and interest for our planet in each tour or service provided to you.

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8. The Vine Tour (Private Tour)

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Do you want to discover the beautiful old part of town of the city of Basel – located between the borders of three countries; Germany, France and Switzerland? Do you want to know what a real champagne tastes like? Do you want to discover the history of the well known Alsace area and try some of it`s famous wines and cheeses? Then this is the right tour for you!

Inclusions: Local City Guide in Basel , Private driver-guide during the full tour , Wine tasting Alsace, Lunch including a fresh glass of champagne, Private transportation

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Reviewed By 913makeh

Excellent service. Here amazing help and support. Many thanks to Swiss Epic Tours. Great location, really pleasant and clean rooms, but the thing that makes this such a good place to stay are the staff. All of the people are incredibly helpful and generous with their time and advice. We travelled with two six year olds and lots of luggage and despite the stairs up to the elevator this was one of the nicest places we stayed in the four weeks

9. Mount Rigi with Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Basel

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The Rigi (or Mount Rigi; also known as Queen of the Mountains) is a mountain massif of the Alps, located in Central Switzerland. The whole massif is almost entirely surrounded by the water of three different lakes and a stunning view to the alps. The classic round tour from Lucerne starts with a boat ride on lake Lucerne, the coghwheel train to Rigi Kulm and the return travel via Arth-Goldau to Lucerne by train. Our tourguide accompanies you on this tour from the starting point, shows you the changing landscape and answers your questions about the country and its people. The tour guide knows the way and shows you a few places away from the tourist flow.

Inclusions: All taxes, fees and handling charges, local guide operated by Swiss Travel Guide, All transportation fees, All entrance fees

Exclusions: Travel to starting point in Basel, Food and drinks, Personal expenses during the tour, Gratuities welcome for the tourguide

Reviewed By Stewart M

This was our second ride on this train. decided to take a winter trip with all the snow as a backdrop with great views. Took the train from Tiefencastle to Brig via Chur. Take your camera for some great pictures. The carriages are very comfortable with plenty of space. You can walk to the restaurant car for a drink or receive table service.

10. Wine tours to either Alsace or Baden-Württemberg

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Come with us on either a half or full day tour to the charming wine producing regions of either Alsace or Baden-Württemberg. Unlock the wine secrets of family owned cellars. You too can experience at first hand the love and passion from each of the small, boutique family owned wineries we will visit. Realise your dream of standing in a Grand Cru vineyard with a chilled glass of wine that was produced from that very vineyard. At wineweinvinovin we can make your dream come true! Learn about their thrilling wines, the regions fascinating history and geography whilst enjoying the personal attention in a small group strictly limited to between two to six people.

Inclusions: Admission and wine tasting

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Reviewed By NSS17

Myself and 4 friends spent the day with Colin visiting 4 vineyards, 3 in France and 1 in Germany. We tasted 27 different wines and had a lunch stop in the middle. Each place we visited was different so we learnt something new at each stop. Colin was knowledgeable and gave us plenty of additional information along the way. He was also really easy going and a pleasure to talk to. I would definitely recommend this tour ????

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